June 4, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – And then there were three. For the second consecutive year, Buster Posey was named one of three finalists for the Coleman Company-Johnny Bench Award delivered by AT&T and Papa John’s Pizza as announced Tuesday, June 3 by the Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission.
The award is presented annually at the Greater Wichita Sports Banquet to the nation’s top collegiate catcher. The finalists were voted on by Division I baseball coaches.
Joining Posey as finalists for the Johnny Bench Award in 2008 are Stanford University’s Jason Castro and Coastal Carolina’s Dock Doyle.
A final vote among the national selection committee will occur during the College World Series. All three finalists and their coaches will be invited to Wichita for the 11th Annual Greater Wichita Sports Banquet on June 27, 2008 in Wichita. Johnny Bench will be on hand to present the award to the recipient.
Posey was recently named Most Outstanding Player of the Tallahassee Regional after hitting .474 (9-for-19) with five home runs and 13 RBIs in leading Florida State to its eighth Super Regional appearance in school history. Heading into last weekend’s regional play, Posey led the nation in three offensive statistical categories including batting average (.468), on-base percentage (.572) and slugging percentage (.897). He also ranked in the top 10 in total bases (3rd), hits (3rd), runs (6th) and runs per game (8th).
In the ACC, the junior catcher leads in eight categories while ranking in the top 10 in three others. He finished the regular season batting .479 in 30 league games as he led the Seminoles to their second straight Atlantic Division title and the number two overall seed in the ACC Baseball Championship. Posey is also seeking to become just the fourth student-athlete in ACC history to win baseball’s version of the triple crown as he currently leads in average (.468), home runs (24) and RBI (86).
The Leesburg, Ga., native has also had a stellar season on the defensive end posting a .982 fielding percentage with 58 starts behind the plate. He is throwing out 41.8 percent of would be base stealers on the year while registering six pick offs. The right hander has also made eight appearances on the mound and is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities. Posey has struck out 10 batters and has not allowed a run in 7.1 innings of work.
Posey finished second in the balloting for the Bench Award a season ago as he became the first sophomore to be in the running for the nation’s top catcher.